Archive - 2012
By his own admission he is sometimes difficult to understand. Yet, even with only half a tongue, Gruen VonBehrens captivates a room full of teenagers, his story commanding an emotional silence.
There are many programs and public speakers designed to raise awareness for teens to issues such as alcohol or tobacco use, but few seem able to relate to them on the level Gruen can. As the spotlight shines on him and his tragic story begins to unfold, it quickly becomes clear the kids are listening.
The Custer County Chief is proud to introduce two new staff members. One is a native returning to the area, the other a transplant from the eastern part of the state.
Joining the editorial staff as sports editor is David Merrill.
David hails from Nebraskaâs largest city, and graduated from Millard North High School in Omaha in 2007.
David became interested in journalism as a high school sophomore. He has always loved sports, especially basketball, but says trying to make the team in a school that size is tough.
The city of Broken Bow reminds residents that monthly testing of the tornado sirens within the city will be the first Tuesday of each month, beginning March 6. The sirens will be tested at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month through until further notice.
The Custer County Foundation, Inc. was recently awarded a $12,000 emergency human needs grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation. The grant dollars will be put to immediate use by being re-allocated to local nonprofit organizations that can meet emergency food, utility and housing needs in Custer County.
According to a letter received from the Peter Kiewit Foundation, "Our Trustees are heartened to know that agencies like yours are able to assist our fellow Nebraskans when they are most in need."
The Broken Bow Library has a proposal. In a written request to the Broken Bow City Council Feb. 9, the Library Board is asking for additional space and they have an idea on how this can be accomplished.
Established more than 100 years ago, the Broken Bow Public Library began with the formation of the Ladies Library Association in 1885. The current building became their home in the fall of 1971.
The Broken Bow Library Board, and Library Foundation Board want to make sure Broken Bowâs Library fulfills the needs of the community in the years to come.
This is what they know.
Mark your calendars now, and make plans to attend the Broken Bow Schools theater renovation âKick-off Fundraiserâ March 5 at the Broken Bow Middle School Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.
An evening of music, drama and speech is planned featuring Broken Bow High School students and the Custer County Community Choir.
The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for 12 and under, with the proceeds going to Broken Bow Public Schools Foundation for the renovation of the Middle School Auditorium for use as a Fine Arts facility.
Arthur Bendig, age 81 of Kearney (formerly of Fremont), died Feb. 26, 2012, at Mt. Carmel Nursing Home after a long battle with diabetes. Funeral services will be Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. at O'Brien-Straatmann-Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney with the Rev. Dean Pofahl officiating.Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences may be submitted at www.osrfh.com. O'Brien-Straatmann-Redinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charlene H. Glause Rhoades was born Nov. 3, 1932, and went to her final rest Feb. 25, 2012.
She was born to Paul and Genevieve Glause at Halsey. She married Claude E. Rhoades at Brewster, June 10, 1951. Together they raised four children and ranched in the central Sandhills area for the last 60 years. She will be remembered for her devotion to family, her amazing work ethic, and as someone who was always ready to extend a helping hand to others.
Rick and Melissa Myers of Broken Bow, proudly announce the birth of a son, Tehl Wade Myers. He was born Jan. 18, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. At birth, Tehl weighed 9 pounds 15 ounces and was 22 1/2 inches long. He joins siblings Jordyn and Rylee at home. Grandparents are Ron and Barb Booten, and Rex and Joan Myers.
Braxton Bradley Green, the little brother of Brody and the son of Kelcee and Jami (Griebel) Green of Elm Creek, was born Feb. 17, 2012, at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege. Braxton weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces when he arrived at 5:25 pm and he was 20" long. Braxton's grandparents are Ann (Kallhoff) and Brad Griebel of Arnold, and Brad Green of Alliance. His great- grandparents are Don and Nina Griebel and Marilyn Rinke of Sargent, Bud and Phyllis Kallhoff of Arcadia, and Maury and Jurene Green of Alliance.